Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

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Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent representation of the style, it pours out a nice tan nothing too dark here, the head retention was ok, with some slight lacing. At firts taste it had soem decent malts in theyre, and was slightly chewy, and then end it brought some if its hop buddies along as well, but not quite as much as I expected. This beer left me saying Paulener here i come.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice malty textrue like an Oktoberfest, but the smell and color are noticably lighter. This looks like one of the "modern" Okto beers, which get paler every year to please the Bud drinking contingent. Not really memorable, but okay, and a little typical of Beck's mega-brew approach.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored brew that poured with a tall head that retreated to about a 1/4 inch foam layer that lingered, and left lace. Pretty high level of carbonation evident as the foam was constantly replenished by bubbles from below. Smelled faintly grassy and fresh. The taste was quite light and a bit sour due to the high level of carbonation. More hoppy than typical Oktoberfest style beers but not overly so. A bit lacking in character, but overall a decent session beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just about what I would expect from Beck's. It's wonderful! Pours a reddish colour almost like tea. Has an almost sweet smell to it, almost remnicent of brown sugar. Nice, thick head at first, but dissipates quickly. Even though the head dissolves quickly, there's still moderate to heavy lacing of the glass. The mouthfeel is of a medium weight (if that makes any sense, that's the only way I know how to describe it.) Seems to me to have a smooth but almost heavy finish. Also seems to have a bit more carbonation than most other brews. Any how, a wonderful brew nevertheless. I highly recomend it if you are a fan of German/Western European beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My style, not my Octoberfest bier. A decent look of dark amber and red hues, the off-white head and light lacing werepresent if unimpressive. Smell is straightfoward malt with a touch of caramel coming through in the taste. I like more bite and a more full-bodied sense in this style. The feel is far too thin and the drinkability is limited by this factor.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one last night on tap at the Chicago German American Fest. This is a great festival put on by the various Chicagoland German societies and clubs. The fest takes place in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Beer was a reddish brown with a tan head. Some malt on the nose.

Beer was kind of an O-fest light. Decent malt based sweetness, but not really enough heft to be a truly good Oktoberfest offering. I overheard one of the local Germans comment on the beer. He basically said that you can't expect a northern German Brewery to make a great Oktoberfest. Perhaps he's right. Still, this may be the best of the Becks beers. It is easy to drink and really not that bad . Thin mouthfeel and decent drinkabilty round out the beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beck's is a line of beers that have never really impressed me, and their Oktoberfest does nothing to change that trend. However, this is still their best offering as it has far more flavor and aromatics than their year-round lagers. I noticed that the label for this one has light blue and white trim: the official Bavarian colors. At least they try to be authentic.

Beck's Oktoberfest pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger off-white foam head that lasts for about 30 seconds. The smell has some caramel malt characteristics, but some cheap/soapy aromas are noticeable too. This came in a green bottle, but really wasn't that skunked, but the cheap/soapy aromas do seem to be a common denominator of "green bottled Euro macro lagers." The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, with an ample amount of fizz. The taste is mostly of some nutty and caramel flavors with some moderate dryness and bitterness in the finish. No "wow" material here. This is a simple and non-complex brew. In the aftertaste, a very light dryness carries over, with some buttery notes appearing after the light caramel disappears. This finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This beer is a bit on the light side for an Oktoberfest, but it is an easy drinking brew that would go well with some brats. Not too bad of a beer altogether, but it just fails to excite me. Beck's should brew this all year round to help round out their "lineup."

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appears amber brown with af thin tan head, not a bad appearance at all leaves light patches of lacing. Aroma slightly metallic with sweet mild faint toasted malts and a decent hop profile. Flavor has the toasted malts balanced by a sharp bitterness not too bad drinkable but I like more body from an Oktoberfest beer not to bad will make sure I try as many O-fests this year as possilble.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slways one of the first fest beers out on shelves,pours a lighter shade of brown with a light head for the style.The aroma is caramelly sweet, the flavor starts out very sweet but there isa light hop bitterness that kicks in in the finish.Seemed a little light and watery for the style,a good beginners beer for people having it for the first time but a true beer guy (or gal) not a top notch brew.

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Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Would you look at that? Beck's can knock out a good Maerzen!
Gorgeous old bronze color and creamy, fine top occur before I put it to my nose and make note of this beer's fragrant, English pub bitter aromatics. Lots of caramel, butter and nut extracts rise up ...conspicuously absent is any trace of aromatic hops. On the palate it is rich with powdery, bittering hop crispness that keeps the flavors in focus. Sauteed banana and apple survive briefly before the peppery hop resins and chunky gas arrive to clean it all up. Authentic.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, medium head. Light bodied marzen style beer. Mild malts, slightly sweet. Mild hops, not much of a hop bite. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is malty with a slightly bitter finish. Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Good head with decent lacing. Nose gets the aroma of malt. Nice malty mouthfeel, a little stronger than regular Beck's. This is a nice seasonal brew. A good beer to drink around the fire or with a good meal. This is a little sweet fot my taste, but I would not turn down a bottle.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a clear dark amber with a modest head, frothy in texture and the lace decent enough to cover the glass. Malt nose, hints of caramel, slightly sweet as is the start, top skeletal and the finish perkily acidic with a pleasant hop bite, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable, but a touch light for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear medium amber in color with lots of irregular lace. The off-white head is about a quarter of an inch tall at pouring, but utterly vanishes in a minute or so.

Aroma: The aroma did not possess the skunk characteristic noted by many others. Caramel, malt notes and earthy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Taste begins with caramel and toasted malt and strong earthy hops. The hops dominate the taste more than they should for this style, making the malts see lacking. Mild nutty flavors appear later; finishes dry with a lingering earthy and tea-like bitter note that seems heavy-handed.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, although a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: The excessive hops really are to the detriment of this beer, more-so for a style like Oktoberfest, which emphasizes maltiness. Being that it is a beer from Germany and a major brewer, it should be of better quality. And why the green glass bottles? I bought a twelve-pack in a sealed carton, so the beer has not suffered light damage, but it is well understood by now that brown glass is a better choice.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass (it was clear glass in past years) Euro long neck-style bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass

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Photo of ThreePistols
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper color, short lived off-white frothy head, spicy, malt nose, spicy, lemon rind bitterness, hoppy flavor, with a semi-dry, caramel sweetness finish.

The finish to me is the best part of this beer. Not a real Beck fan and this is a Beck.

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Photo of Winter
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear glass bottle with "Best before 07/2003"- so this beer wasn't old but tasted somewhat skunky unfortunately. Poured a clear amber with a 1/4 inch head that retreated in seconds. Aroma consisted of sweet caramel, malt and hops. The qualities of the taste and smell of this Oktoberfest are vaguely similar to that of an original Becks. The finish was skunky and rather bitter. I was looking forward to this one, but it was a letdown. I would probably try to seek this out on tap to see if it was any better tasting than what was offered in the bottle.

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Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck’s Oktoberfest pours a copper hued amber from a 12 oz clear glass bottle, with a date of “Best before 07, 2003”. Head goes to about one finger then fades to a thin cap of foam with slight lacing.

Nose is a nice pleasant malt with just a hint of the small black furry mammal with the white strip down the back, damn you Beck’s for the clear glass bottle! Palate is a thin sweet malt and nowhere near what an Oktoberfest should be.

How to make a good Oktoberfest is no big secret in Germany, but Beck’s has yet to figure this out!


Now comes in a green glass bottle and the best before date of 06 2004.

Better... Much Better!!!

Good sweet malt, nice taste for an Oktoberfest!!!


Best by 06 2006

The green glass bottle has endured, the beer pours a darker copper hued amber with a tan head that went to over two fingers with a good amount of lacing and a firm cap of fine bubble foam.

Nose is all sweet barley malt with just a bit of alcohol vapors.

Palate had the first impression of a well bittered brew, then came the sweet barley malt... but not as sweet as last years tasting notes.

This years offering is just as appealing as last years, but for other reasons... the well bittering, but just not as sweat.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant fresh aroma, more closely associated with a German pilsner than Oktoberfest, with a light flowery character and not much malt. Thick full head, amber-orange color and clear. Light to medium malt flavor with hard water quality. Has a refreshing quench to it as well. Shorter than average finish, for style, with some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium and doesn't have any softness. Not a bad Oktoberfest. I do prefer this to the other Beck offerings.

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Photo of Morris729
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber color with a light head that quickly dissipates. It has a sweet caramel aroma once poured into a glass (being from clear bottles, I was afraid it would be a bit skunky, but fortunately, that was not the case). The flavor was not that impressive—similar to regular Beck’s but with more of a roasted malt and nutty flavor. There are definitely better Oktoberfests to be had.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was a very impressive bright amber with a nice ivory,light-tan head. Unfortunately this was about the only character I could find that would justify an Octoberfest style. Had a sweet burnt aroma and a sweet, almost nutty, flavor. Medium bodied but leans light.

Not a bad beer - just not a Marzen. Didn't have any of the bready and spicy characteristics I look for in the style.

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Photo of Lupe
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-light copper color, with a decent head that dissipated quickly, and left little lacing. Toasty malt aroma with a touch of spiciness. Light-medium body, and a smooth mouthfeel. Taste was of bready maltiness with hints of carmel, ending with a bit of hops to balance. Very easy to drink, especially compared to regular Beck's, which is a fight for me to swallow. A bit thin but better than expected.

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Photo of xXTequila
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper with a quick fizz of the head and then it's gone.
Cold the taste was almost not even there. Warmed a bit the caramel was the over all flavour with a dry husk graininess that held into the aftertaste.
Very clean and not as sweet as American Oktoberfests.

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Photo of budgood1
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper color....little head and no lace. typical beck's aroma with an undertone of caramel malt flavor. nice mouthfeel...buttery goodness the accentuates the caramel malts used. tastes favorite becks by far...the taste is perfect for an o-fest. hops are flowery, malts are sugary sweet and balanced. oh so smooth. for a mass produced beck's product, this is a very good buy especially if you like the euro taste of lagers. easy to quaff many of these!

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Photo of aaronh
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nicest quality of this beer is the spicy aroma. It also pours with a nice color, which is copper topped with a white head that leaves a little lace. The taste is a little lacking. It has some malt, but just not exciting and malty like most oktoberfests. The finish leaves a bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is not a very drinkable beer. Mnay better O-fests available.

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Photo of Zraly
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beck's presents a mild mannered, drinkable Oktoberfest. The color is probably the most unique characteristic of this lager...the subtle but rather sensual tint of this beverage is a beautiful copper. The initial scent was a bit skunky accompanied with a light citrus note. Overall, it is a light-medium bodied beer that finishes a bit weak on the palate. Drinkable, yes. The best, no.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 809 ratings.
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